ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 24: Mike Napoli #25 and Neftali Feliz #30 of the Texas Rangers celebrate after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 4--2 during Game Five of the MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
As part of a season-ending series, we'll take a look at the 13 most memorable moments from the 2011 Texas Rangers season.
When: Oct. 24
What: Chris Carpenter and C.J. Wilson did battle again in Game 5 of the World Series, in what was guaranteed to be the final game of the season at Rangers Ballpark. And after Wilson spotted the Cardinals an early 2-0 lead, things looked bleak for the Rangers going up against the Cardinals ace that would eventually shut them down in Game 7. But on this night, the Rangers got to Carpenter, touching him up for two solo home runs by Mitch Moreland and Adrian Beltre to tie the game at 2-2 in the sixth inning. But it was two innings later when the drama unfolded. Tony La Russa claimed the crowd was too loud for his bullpen coach to hear his instructions. Some others claimed La Russa just dropped the ball. But whatever the case was, the Cardinals had lefty on lefty specialist Marc Rzepczynski in to face David Murphy, who struggles against lefties. But not that night. Murphy got a hit. That's when the question marks came after La Russa left the lefty in to face lefty-murdering Mike Napoli. And Napoli made him pay when he ripped a two-run double to right-center to win the game for the Rangers. It was maybe the loudest Rangers Ballpark has ever been and it was the perfect exclamation point the postseason Napoli had. Had the Rangers gone on to win the World Series, Napoli would have undoubtedly been the MVP. You could have even made the case for him winning it with the Rangers losing, as he became the second player (the other being Mickey Mantle) to have four two-RBI games in a World Series. He also had a key throw out down at second base in the seventh, and completed a strike-'em-out-throw-'em-out in the top of the ninth. Then he ended the game by chasing down a dropped third strike and throwing the ball to first to end the game.
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